GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo women's cross country team opens the 2017 campaign on Friday at the Brockport Invitational. Third-year head coach Dan Moore has the Knights poised for a run at their 19th-consecutive appearance at the NCAA Division III Championships following a 2016 campaign that culminated with a third-place effort for the program's third-straight top-five national finish. Geneseo will also be in the hunt for their third-consecutive NCAA Atlantic Region Championship along with its seventh State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title in a row.
Junior Elise Ramirez is the squad's top returner following a sophomore campaign punctuated by a 69th-place effort at the NCAA Championships that also included a 13th-place Atlantic Regional showing and a seventh-place finish at the SUNYAC Championships.
Senior Kristen Homeyer will be in the running for her third-straight trip to the NCAA Championships, which included an 84th place finish in 2014, while also looking to move up after a 33rd finish at the Atlantic Regionals and a 10th-place effort at the SUNYAC Championships last year.
Junior Allison Fernandez looks to move into the Knights' top-seven after serving as the squad's NCAA Championship alternate last year. She is coming off a strong track & field season that included a runner-up finish in the indoor mile and the outdoor 1,500 at the SUNYAC Championships.
Moore welcomes a large group of new faces to the program this fall. Red Creek, N.Y. native Chloe Weaver capped her high school career with a seventh-place finish at the New York State Class D Championship last fall. Emily Pomainville (Malone, N.Y.) logged a 17th-place effort at the Class B State Championships before adding a 13th-place effort at the New York State Federation Championships. Lockport, N.Y. product Carissa DiTullio finished 29th at the Class A Championships as a senior.
After Friday's opener at Brockport, Geneseo will travel to the Oswego Invitational next Saturday (Sept. 16) before heading to Williams (Mass.) for the Purple Valley Classic (Sept. 23). The Knights will then host the Mike Woods Invitational (Sept. 30) at Letchworth State Park before traveling to Principia (Ill.) for the Cowbell Classic (Oct. 14) two weeks later for a preview of the course that will also host the NCAA Division III Championships (Nov. 18). Potsdam will be the site of the SUNYAC Championships (Oct. 28) before Houghton hosts the NCAA Atlantic Regional (Nov. 11).